DIY Led hybrid

After seeing Nanobox reef T5 hybrids at Reef Builders web site I decided that will try to upgrade my DIY led which includes two Nanobox reef V3 led arrays. After figuring out my options I decided to order Arcadia T5 ULTRA SEAL LAMP CONTROLLER from my favourite aquarium web shop. Also ordered arcadia reflectors and two T5 24W tubes (ATI Actinic and Osram 67).

I did temporary fix for the light fixture and it came out about good. I need bigger frame to fit T5 tubes inside the lamp but this will work meanwhile. With reflectors I can limit the amount of light hitting out of the aquarium.

After running this few weeks it seems that coral coloration is getting better and the overall look is nicer. I do not how this work in the long run but it will be seen in the future.

Tank update

Lots of things has happened with my nano tank in last 3 months. New corals and fishes are arrived. Some new equipments etc. Here is brief update what is happening.

I installed more flow in the tank using Jebao Cross flow CP-25 (which is a knock off from Maxspect gyre) (I ordered one from Fish Street ). I also moved my rw4 stream pumps to other side and start using synchronous mode. Cross flow pump works as advertised. It is little bit louder than RW4 and it adds nice flow in the tank. I need to test it more, but it seems the flow is more gentle than ones coming from normal stream pump. Now the pump is installed horizontally but maybe in the future I put it in vertical position. I also run the pump with W3 mode and 3 dot speed (30% or something like that).

PH has been a problem to measure with test kit(s) (I have tried many, but not satisfied with the results). I bought American Marine Pinpoint Ph meter and it has been online about 3 months or so. The Ph in the tank runs between 7.85-8.1 during the day. I can see direct effect when rooms CO2 levels rise (e.g. working whole day in the room vs being away from home). No complains about the meter here :).

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Pinpoint Ph monitor

I also add new corals and two fishes in the tank. Here is almost completed list of inhabitants currently roaming my little pool.

Corals:

  • Acanthastrea Bowerbanki
  • Acanthastrea echinata
  • Acropora sp
  • Acropora Coral blue Acropora sp
  • Acropora echinata
  • Acropora millepora
  • Assorted Zoas
  • Acropora yongei
  • Montipora digitata (blue?)
  • Caulastrea furcata
  • Echinophyllia aspera
  • Duncanopsammia axifuga
  • Echnipora sp. celtic frost
  • Ricordea florida
  • Acanthastrea lordhowensis
  • Montastrea sp.
  • Montipora confusa
  • Sinularia sp.
  • Pocillopora
  • Montipora samarensis
  • Sarcophyton sp.
  • aulastrea curvata
  • Turbinaria sp.
  • Stylophora pistillata
Fishes:
CUC:
  • 4 Hermit craps
  • 4 different snail and few hitchhikers.

I now use Dupla Marin Premium Reef salt and I like the salt. I started using Fauna Marin color elements along with the new salt. Corals are getting better coloration but I think my tank has also matured a little bit more. I use biopellets with basic reactor and Seachem Seagel with innovative marine minimax reactor as well. I have Medium size minimax reactor which seems to be little bit too small for amount of seagel I’m using. I use additional bag with purigen inside the sump.

I also run problem with algae. My algae gallery has now species like: Cyano, bubble algae, brown hair algae type, green hairy algae and diatoms etc. My CUC cant keep with the algae growth at the moment so additional members is arriving later on this month. I also try to keep my tank clean as possible and start dosing Corallen zucht CyanoClean which seem to help with the cyano problem. My current water parameters are:

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I use hobby grade test kits from Seachem, Hanna Checkers (calcium, alkalinity, phosphorus (ulr)) and Red Sea Color test kit. I already received one Triton icp-eos test kit which I will use soon as possible to see what my values really are.

I also installed two t5 bulbs to my led array but more on that later. So far no disasters and corals are started to grow so my tank might look like a reef someday.